Game Science has fortunately stayed in-house, so there is no significant extra work for the studio due to the Black Myth: Wukong engine replacement. However, the positive to all of this is that the visuals are incredible.
Black Myth: Wukong will be an action RPG that could get the attention of people interested in Chinese mythology: the game is based on Wu Cheng’en’s classic novel, Journey to the West. The project got such attention that it gained the interest of Epic Games. In short, Tim Sweeney’s company gave the team Unreal Engine 5 to work with, meaning the team now has access to the next-gen game engine. (Presumably not because Epic Games has 40% of it owned by a Chinese tech giant, Tencent…)
The video below has 12 minutes of gameplay. It’s official that Black Myth: Wukong will support 4K at 60 FPS at launch, as well as ray tracing, which makes us think the game is in development for PlayStation 5, and maybe the Xbox Series X. We don’t know about the target platforms yet.
Here’s the official overview: “The story of Wukong tells more than Wukong himself. The monkey is the leading role for sure, but he is still a small part of the whole vivid world. There are plenty of intriguing characters and thought-provoking dialogues in Journey to the West, not to mention the darkness veiled.
We applaud when Wukong defeats those so-called “villains,” but who are they indeed? Why do they go against our heroes? Cunning fairies, brutal monsters, amorous lords or coward gods… We are curious about their fear and love, goodwill and hatred, obsessiveness and daily life,” Game Science wrote.
Black Myth: Wukong is in development for PC and consoles. It needs time to be finished, though. The game already looks incredible.